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of the digital avenlgt what was the biggest? the protesters massing in kyra, syria, russia? richard engel was in kyra -- cairo. >> when they thought that the cell phone messages weren't safe, they would switch to twitter. then when the twitter messages they thought were being compromised, they would switch to facebook the chris: great reporting there. or was it apple become the -- becoming the world's biggest company? and the sfeeve jobs story in or more and more people paying to get newspapers online rather than in their driveways? or was it emple mail -- email taking over the post office? rick? >> last month, chris, i went to egypt and tunisia and to this tiny little town outside tunis where a man set himself on fire. this place is in the back of the back of beyond. you don't think anything could start there, much less a world historical movement. you know how it happened? somebody took a cell phone video of the protest after he i am 0 lated himself and -- imolated himself and that was sent all through the middle east. an amazing phenomenon. chris: social networking? >> social network s
.s. intelligence didn't know north korea was building a nuclear reactor in syria, until israel showed the white house pictures and bombed it. two years later, they built a sprawling plant undetected. the danger now, not knowing what the new leadership will do. >> he'll need to show something. he needs to show a very skeptical public that he's in charge. and one of the te honored ways that's done in north korea is what we would consider a provocation. >> reporter: tonight senior u.s. officials defend the work of the cia saying, the key point is not marking the exact moment the dictator dies, but having a solid framework to assess what might come next opinion that, of course, is the next test. >> andrea mitchell on the period of uncertainty that arrived this weekend on the news. andrea, thanks. >>> meanwhile, in syria, where most journalists are banned from covering what's going on there, new amateur video has surfaced claiming to show some of this week's bloody clashes between protesters and government forces. in damascus, more than 150 people are reported dead in the last two days alone. arab l
was the biggest effect, protesters in cairo, syria, russia? nbc's richard engel was there when hundreds amassed there. >> when they thought cell phone messages weren't safe, they switched to twitter. when twitter messages they thought they were being compromised, they would switch to facebook. chris: great reporting there. or apple becoming the world's biggest company actually and steve jobs phenomenon that came with it. or more and more readers of "the new york times" and "the wall street journal," among other newspapers, paying to get them online rather than driveways? or finally was it e-mail driving the postal services cutback sooner, cutting delivery back to five days? rick, your person of the year and there's your cover right there. your protester gives us a clue where you're headed. >> last month i went to egypt and tunisia and this tiny little town outside where mohammed ba diseasey set himself on fire. this is in the back of the back of beyond. you don't think anything can start there much less a world historical movement that toppled dictators across the middle east. you know how it h
." >>> overseas now to syria which today saw one of the largest demonstrations there in months. it's been a year of uprisings and violent crack downs but the crisis continues without let-up. today, dozens more were killed. nbc's ayman mohyeldin has our report. >> reporter: nine months into the syrian uprising, hundreds of thousands took to the streets today. protesting the regime that shows no signs of backing down. in this year of the arab spring a wave of change that toppled hosni mubarak of egypt and moammar gadhafi of libya. bashar al asad of syria has so far managed to hold on to power. the cost, more than 5,000 lives since march with more killed each day, even as many soldiers defect and the uprising lurches toward civil war. nothing has slowed down the carnage. not even the presence of arab league observers. their job, to ensure the asad regime's compliance is an agreement aimed at ending the crackdown. while the syrian government allowed the arab league in it has banned foreign media from reporting firsthand from inside the country. >>> the opposition is using home video to get the messa
here at home in an election year. lester. >> andrea, while we have you here news out of syria. arab league are witnessing the uprising and the government crackdown first hand. what are they finding? >> it's very troubling so far to u.s. officials because the arab league monitors have been on the ground for two days and they have not pushed back against restrictions that the regime has imposed on their inspections, and these are the first outside monitors that syria has permitted in. they have blocked their access to key areas where atroscities are reported. the u.s. is withholding any formal criticism because they hope this mission can succeed. in these two days the monitors have not gotten in and activists are reporting six more killings and opposition leaders are calling this arab league effort a farce. lester. >> andrea mitchell, thanks. >>> important health news tonight about the fight against ovarian cancer, which kills more than 15,000 american women each year. two studies out tonight show that avastin, a drug already approved for other cancers but is also controversial, could
monitors on the ground in syria, reports of deadly new violence continues to emerge. amateur video shows what appears to be arab league monitors wearing vest touring the central city of homs. at times those monitors were forced to take shelter as gunfire could be heard in the distance. activists claim government troops open fire on unarmed protesters killing six, bringing the death toll to 39, in just two days since the monitors arrived. yesterday more than 700 detainees were freed after a human rights group accused the government of hiding the prisoners from those monitors. >>> here is a look at some other stories making news early today in america. north dakota firefighters went to the edge of an icy river to make a life-saving grab. they rescued a back labrador after it slid past his owner's electric fence into the freezing waters. the dog is now in good condition. >>> a texas man didn't get away with much of anything during a recent robbery attempt. surveillance cameras caught the thief stealing an empty cash register from a fast food register. police later found him and arrested him
across syria left as least 25 people dead wednesday. an activists group says army defectors killed 25 soldiers in security clashes this morning which would make it one of the deadliest attacks by rebel troops in the nine-month uprising. >>> a commercial satellite company says it captured a photo of china's first aircraft carrier taking an apparent test ride in the yellow sea. they bought the ship from ukraine in 1998 and spent years refeshing it and arming it. >>> some startling new numbers from the centers for disease control and prevention based on a new survey of domestic violence. one in four women reported being violently attacked by a husband or boyfriend. a number researchers called astounding. while one in five women said they had been sexually assaulted. >>> and researchers have spotted a giant gas cloud spiraling into a super massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. that's pretty cool. thought as -- or thought it's known black holes draw in everything nearby, it will be the first chance to see one consume such a cloud. >>> well, now here is an early look at how wall s
. >>> elsewhere, a bloody crackdown continues in syria with reports of more than 100 deaths over the past two days, including dozens of defectors from president bashar al assad forces. amateur video shows what is to be the result of bloody clashs between protesters and government forces in and around damascus. this week's surge in violence is believed to be a so-called last push by assad's regime before arab league monitors arrive in that country. >>> in what's called the biggest women in cairo, demanding the government military step down. marchers carried a photo of a woman whose clothes were partially pulled off by troops as a symbol of their outrage over the brutal trooement of female protesters. some 10,000 chanting women carried signs, turned out for the massive march throughout downtown cairo. this as 14 people were reportedly killed during a fifth day of clashes between protesters and military forces. >>> back here at home, it may not officially be winter yet but a blistering snowstorm that plowed through the southwest and southern plains was a bitter reminder of what's in store over the ne
house said it was deeply disturbed and the opposite syria national council is calling for a u.n. security council meeting. >>> eight u.s. soldiers are facing charges after an army private's body was found in a guard tower in afghanistan back in october. the army ruled the death of danny chen, an asian-american from new york city a suicide. an investigation further found that chen had been the target of ethnic slurs and physical attacks at the hands of his fellow soldiers. eight of them have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide for allegedly driving chen to take his own life. >>> a look at other stories making news "early today" in america. a high-speed chase through the streets of orlando ended in a hair-raising crash. whoa. police pursued burglary suspects for 40 minutes until they smashed into three vehicles at a busy intersection. miraculously, no one died. six people, including the two suspects, did suffer serious injuries. >>> a raging inferno in detroit forced two people to jump for their lives. a man and a woman lept from the burning home's
by syria's government has continued without let up, despite the arrival of arab league delegates. human rights activists say at least six people were killed in fresh attacks by government forces yesterday. amateur video shows black smoke and flames in one syrian city after alleged shelling by president al assad's forces. arab league arrived thursday ahead of monitors to assess whether the government is complying with a peace initiative. reports coming in from state-controlled syrian tv this morning which says, quote, terrorists, unquote, have attacked security facilities in damascus. >>> a look at other stories making news early today in america. police have tracked down a group of vandals all thanks to youtube. the video posted by the culprit show the crew of young criminals ransacking several stories. investigators brought in one teen for questioning who eventually identified the rest of the suspects. >>> southern california's notorious high-speed santa ana wind swept through yesterday, hammering several neighborhoods. wind gusts as high as 72 miles per hour were strong enough to rip
-un, declaring him supreme leader. >>> protesters in syria are calling for even larger demonstrations today to show visiting arab league officials the desperate situation they're in. government forces are attacking and even killing protesters with at least 25 killed yesterday. demonstrators are upset with the arab league monitors, saying they seem unsympathetic to their situation. since the citizen uprising in march, the united nations estimates that 5,000 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters. >>> the obama administration is denouncing venezuelan president hugo chavez this morning after he questioned whether the u.s. may be behind a rash of cancer among latin american leaders. during a televised speech to the country's military, chavez said that he would not be surprised if america had developed a way to induce cancer. he said that he had no proof but was just thinking aloud. chavez, along with the leaders of argentina, brazil, and paraguay have all recently been fighting cancer. >>> top ten lists are nothing new this time of year, but an unusual group has submit
in syria and pressed for the resumptions of peace talks in the middle east. he also urges the world to continue helping those suffering from famine in africa and to pray for those affected by flooding in thailand and the philippines. the pope concluded his message by delivering christmas greetings in 65 different languages. >>> and thousands also gathered for mass at the birthplace of jesus in bethlehem this morning. the city has seen a steady increase in tourism around the christmas holiday. officials estimate nearly 300,000 tourists will visit the historic city some time during this holiday season. >>> a developing story now that we're following. a deadly christmas morning in nigeria. two explosions struck catholic churches near nigeria's capital. the first blast left 35 people dead when a bomb went off during a crowded christmas mass. a second explosion struck another church. residents there say dozens were injured, but further details are not immediately available. a radical muslim sect claimed responsibility for the bombings. >>> a murder investigation is under way in prince ge
-un followed the hearse. >>> without monitors now in syria, demonstrators made sure their voices would be heard. amateur video shows tens of thousands taking to the streets reportedly calling for the execution of president al assad. critics debated whether government tanks pulling back was just an attempt to mislead monitors. >>> the high stakes battle of western powers, iran threatened to cut off oil exports from middle east if the west imposes sanctions on oil sapmehipments. they threaten to close the strait of hormuz. as state department spokesman dismissed the threats as, quote, bluster. >>> now, here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. michigan police were recently involved in a high speed pursuit of one of their own suv cruisers wearing only his underwear. a suspect hopped behind the wheel after escaping from a backseat. it ended with the suspect crashing into vehicles at a roadblock. no injuries were reported. >>> a lawyer for a group of single mothers in hawaii calling their theft inside a toy store a desperate act in tough economic times. a surveillance camera
around his son, kim jong-un, declaring him the supreme leader. >>> today in syria protesters are trying to organize giant demonstrations to show arab league officials just how bad things are in their country. yesterday government forces opened fire on protesters, killing at least 25 and injuring at least 100 more. demonstrators are upset with the arab league monitors saying they seem unsympathetic to the situation. since the citizen uprising in march, the united nations estimates that 5,000 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters. >>> the first list of sears and kmart stores closing does not include any in the d.c. area. the closest is a grand essentials store in maryland. sears holdings announced earlier this week they would be closing more than 100 sears and kmart stores nationwide after poor holiday sales. the first list included 79 of those stores. >>> right now new york city is preparing to make sure that new year's eve, the celebration in times square, goes off without a hitch. today crews will test the new year's eve ball. workers placed the final panels
is in turkey. biden is meeting with turkish leaders on iran and the current conflict in syria. he has commended turkey for pressuring syria's president bashar assad to step down. biden also pushed turkish leaders to enforce stricter sanctions against iran, which is suspected of developing nuclear weapons. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton has vowed to work with myanmar opposition leader aun san suu kyi to bring peace to suu kyi's native land. the nobel peace laureate has spent much of the last two decades there under house arrest as myanmar has been ruled by a military regime. she now plans to run for office in the hopes of being part of the country's new civilian government. clinton is the highest ranking visitor to myanmar in a half century. she spent the past three days there observing the changes the country's new government has implemented. >>> the capitals' once high powered offense is still looking for a spark after a 2-1 at the hands of the rival penguins. the game was tied through the first two periods with jason chimera tying it up in the second. that would be the only goal for t
to release a timetable for re-opening the monument to the public. overseas tonight in syria, dozens of people killed in twin car bombings outside the headquarters of the intelligence agency in damascus. the attacks are the first of their kind in the syrian capitol since the start of the uprising against president bashar al asad earlier this year. >>> now to cairo where thousands of egyptians have been rallying in tahrir square today they are denouncing military violence against protesters, many of whom were women. at least 17 people have been killed in violent clashes h this week. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in cairo tonight with the latest good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. the street of public opinion could not be any wider. today it was on display just miles away from each other. today the number reaching close to 25,000. the activists behind me supporting calls for the military to step down from power and to hand over power to an elected government as quickly as possible. they feel the military has exhausted its mandate and is unable or unfit to control more. across the street a
. >>> with more citizen video coming out of syria these days during a very bloody week, the obama administration is using very strong language about what is happening there, accusing president asad's government of mowing down its own citizens. more than 200 are now dead there it's believed since monday. >>> we'll take a break. up next as we continue on a wednesday night, with americans in uniform in afghanistan and some are now openly gay. many said that would never work, but were they right? >>> later, the outpouring of support and help since our story aired about a woman whose idea is making a difference for people and their pets who are all trying to survive these hard times. all trying to survive these hard times. i take an omega for my heart. but to be honest, i find the omega choices overwhelming. which one is right for me? then i found new pronutrients omega-3. it's from centrum, a name i trust. it goes beyond my heart to support my brain and eyes too. and these ultra-concentrated minigels are much smaller than many others. it's part of a whole new line of supplements. there's probiotic a
for end to violence in syria and press ford peace talks in the middle east. he urged the world to help those suffering from famine and those affected by flooding in thailand and philippines. and concluded with christmas greetings in 65 different languages. and thousands also gathered for the mass at the birth place of jesus in bethlehem. a steady increase in tourism around the christmas holiday. nearly 300,000ists will visit it this holiday. deadly christmas in nigeria after a string of terrorist attack buys suicide bombers, targeting catholic churches during mass. highlighting the threats of muslim extremistextremists. >> reporter: the church on the outskirts of the region where people had come for prayer and in peace. where at least 27 people lay dead today. yet this was the first attack of many, a wave of massacre as cross nigeria this terrifying christmas day. car bombs, suicide attacks, one by one, four cities, five churches and congregations were struck. so many families gone. and carried out the blasts the same group which blew up part of the headquarters in august. and a bloody
. it's the latest in a string of attacks since the u.s. pulled out of the country. >>> in syria, at least 20 people are reported dead after coming under attack by government troops. the crackdown comes hours before monitoring teams from the arab league are set to arrive in damascus. >>> tonight there is a storm brewing in israel. it has to do with seating on public buses and women being told by men where they can and cannot sit. until one woman refused to move. it may remind folks of a woman who took a stand in this country more than 50 years ago. we get the story from nbc's martin fletcher. >> reporter: tanya rosenblit, the new poster child for women's rights. on a bus to jerusalem, an orthodox jew said, you're a woman. go sit at the back of the bus. israel's rosa parks moment. "no," tanya said. >> if i were to go to the back of the bus i would be humiliating myself. >> reporter: a photo shows what happened next. the man stopping the bus. the threatening crowd. >> i was the only woman there. >> reporter: a policeman who came to help. after 30 minutes tanya won and kept her seat
news, reporting from london. back to you. >>> in syria now, one of the largest antigovernment protests in months. hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets shouting for an end to the regime. observers were brought in this week to monitor that government's crackdown on opponents. despite their presence, there's word syrian forces shot and killed at least 19 protesters today. at least 130 people have been killed since the observers began their mission on tuesday. 5,000 people in all have been killed since march. >>> when news 4 at 6:00 continues, a fairfax man rushes to the hospital after he was hit by a car. he's discharged a few hours later. he's dead and his family wants answers. >>> mounds of dirt. constant construction. tonight, good news for people trying to navigate through the mess of d.c. >>> a surprise. workers wondering if someone meant to drop it off. >>> coming up in sports, this year's hiz man winner gets up staged. trying to put the buffalo deep down in the >>> three days to go before the iowa caucuses. mitt romney is now the front-runner. romney spent the da
's going on with the arab spring and what that produces in egypt. what happens in syria finally. how the saudis react to all of this. they've not been happy with the united states for the past year, because of the way that we dispatched mubarak, and they said, you know, that's how you treat your friends, are you having a change at the top there? that has to be an important part of the debate in the next year. but my guess is that we won't hear very much about it, because people don't find a lot of political capital talking about that. >> just to pick up on one point there, there's a question that's hung over the iraq enterprise from day one and it's been this -- is iraq the way iraq is because saddam was the way saddam was? or was saddam the way saddam was because iraq was the way iraq was? is it a fractured, multisectarian country that could only be held together by an iron fist, first by saddam or residually by us? or is it not? we're going to get the answer to that question now. saddam's fist is gone, ours is gone, and the big question not just about iraq but all the arab springs
active and involved in national security matters in the middle east in particular with iran and syria, major pieces of legislation. i authored it through the united states senate. >> you, yourself, have said you will not make these social issues back burner issues. you want them front and center. your views on abortion are well known. you make no exception for abortion in the case of rape or incest. other republican candidates have now adopted that view. but somewhat lesser known are your views on contraception. you said it is not okay, that it's dangerous. you said you're the only presidential candidate willing to talk about your views against contraception for voters not familiar with you what are they? >> well, my views on contraception are consistent with my catholic faith but as a person who was involved in the united states senate for 12 years i mean i voted to allow that contraception funding. that is to me a personal decision. i do believe and have publicly stated i don't believe it's helpful. i think it is -- it leads to a lot of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pr
. >>> troubling news from syria. one top united nations official says the government has killed more than 5,000 civilians since the uprising began there nine months ago. among the dead, at least 300 children. >>> and now for a look at what is trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. reality bites for former alaska governor, sarah palin. according to "the hollywood reporter," she's pitching a new reality show about her husband, todd's adventures as a snowmobile racer, but so far, no takers because the price is too high. >>> then, you've seen the denver broncos quarterback tim tebow take a knee in prayer, people calling it tebowing. and now, it is an official word, according to the global language monitor. tim tebow has even inspired a website called tebowing.com, showing everyone from goofy to a surgeon to an underwater snor l snorkeler all striking a pose. >>> and sorry, charlie, didn't you learn anything from anthony weiner? he tried to send a cell phone number to justin bieber with a direct message on twitter. well, he accidentally tweeted his number to millions
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